The ability to provide information in different contexts is essential to effective communication. Students must practice expository writing throughout their academic careers. The sooner they start, the better. Below are some descriptive, sequential, compare and contrast, cause and effect, and problem/solution writing prompts to help you give your students the practice they need.
- Write an essay describing your school to a potentially new student.
- Write an essay describing the appeal of reality TV shows.
- Write an essay describing a rainy night.
- Write an essay describing your first pet.
- Write an essay describing your first memory.
- It’s Christmas morning and there is a package under the tree containing exactly what you requested. Describe the contents of your package..
- Write an essay describing how you feel when you wake up and discover snow on the ground outside — and school has been cancelled.
- Writing an essay explaining the process you use to style your hair in the morning.
- You have invited your two best friends to spend the afternoon at your home. Write an essay telling how your prepare for their visit.
- Everyone has lost something at one time or another. Write an essay telling what you did to find what you had lost.
- Describe how to make a peanut butter and jelly sandwich.
- Tell how you wash your hair.
- Describe the plot of your favorite book.
Compare and Contrast
- Write an essay comparing and contrasting ownership of cats and dogs.
- Compare and contrast this year in school to last year.
- Compare and contrast your two favorite characters.
- Compare and contrast your family’s home and the home of your dreams.
- Compare and contrast a typical day in your life today and what you think a typical day in your life will be like when you are 25.
- Compare and contrast your two favorite teachers.
Cause and Effect
- Write an essay telling how peer pressure has affected you this year.
- Write an essay explaining what causes students to drop out of high school.
- Discuss the causes and effects of bullying in schools.
- Discuss the causes and effects of poverty in rural (urban) areas.
- Discuss the causes and effects of drug or alcohol use on families.
- Most students do not read or watch news, resulting in a lack of knowledge about the world outside of their immediate neighborhood. Write an essay describing why this is a problem and telling how this problem might be solved.
- Think about the community in which you live. What could you do to make it a better place? Choose one problem that needs to be solved to make your community a better place to live. Write a letter to the editor describing how solving this problem would make your community a better place, and tell what you would do. Give reasons why you think your plan would work.
- Think about what you could do to make your school more beautiful. Think about how you would do this. How could you persuade the people in your school that your idea is a good one? Write a letter to the principal of your school asking for support for your plan for making your school more beautiful. Tell what you would do and how you would do it. Explain why you think your plan is important and why it would work.
- Think about animal abuse. Some people abuse animals by being intentionally cruel to them or neglecting their basic needs; others abuse animals out of ignorance. Think about what could be done to prevent both kinds of animal abuse. Write a letter to leaders in your community describing how you would solve this problem, and how treating animals better would improve the lives of animals and people. Explain why you think your plan will work.
I am a secondary English Language Arts teacher, a University of Oklahoma graduate student, and a NBPTS candidate. I am constantly seeking ways to amplify my students’ voices and choices.
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Grade 6 Prompts
WS Movies Big & Small (Compare & Contrast—Expository)
Compare and contrast what it is like to watch movies in the theater and at home on your television. Be sure to include examples and details. Also tell your reader which place you like best for watching movies and why.
WS Thank You (Descriptive)
Think of a special gift that a friend or family member gave you. Create a thank-you note to the person. In your note, describe the special gift, providing clear details. Indicate why you like the gift and tell how you are using it.
WS Class Redesign (Descriptive)
Imagine you could redesign your classroom. Describe how the room looks, what equipment it has, and where everything is, including where students sit. Use order of location to show where things are.
WS Three Rules (Expository)
Imagine yourself as the school principal. If your school could have only three rules for students, what would they be? Explain why these three rules are so important and how you would enforce them to make your school great.
WS The Package (Narrative)
One morning you open your front door, and there’s a large package sitting outside. What’s in it? Who put it there? What do you do with it? Write a story about the package, using specific details to make the story come alive.
WS Nicest Thing (Narrative)
Tell the story about the nicest thing you’ve ever done for someone else. How did the other person react? How did the experience make you feel? Be sure to use strong details to re-create the experience for your reader.
WS Family Help (Narrative)
Relate an experience in which you helped a family member at some task. Did you show your little brother how to tie his shoes or help your mom make dinner? Use vivid details to tell your story and indicate why you chose to help that person.
WS 7pm Curfew (Persuasive)
Some people say that children under 14 should be at home before 7 p.m. unless they are with an adult. Write an essay expressing your opinion about this idea. Be sure to back up your opinion with reasons and examples.
WS Best Class (Persuasive)
Imagine that your class is voting on the best school subject of the year. What subject do you think is the best? Write an essay to convince your classmates to vote for the subject you like best. Give strong reasons to support your opinion.
WS Directions (Process—Expository)
Write a process essay giving directions from your school to an important location in your city or town. Provide every detail that a stranger would need to make the trip.